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Bartusiak, Marcia, ed. Archives of the universe; 100 discoveries that transformed our understanding of the cosmos.



BARTUSIAK, Marcia, ed. Archives of the universe; I00 discoveries that transformed our understanding of the cosmos. Random House, Vintage. 695p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. c2004.0-375-71368-9. $18.95. SA

Bartusiak's survey of the history of astronomy Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, and astrological practices of pre-history: vestiges of these are still found in astrology, a discipline long interwoven with public and governmental astronomy, and  combines facts about heavenly bodies with schematic drawings and mathematical formulas. There are snippets from classic works by Ptolemy, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and William Herschel, while the text ranges from the discovery of Halley's comet and shifts in the solar system to Barnard's photos of nebulae. Appealing chapters comment on distances through space, the shape of the Milky Way, asteroids This is a list of numbered minor planets, nearly all of them asteroids, in sequential order.

As of late September 2007 there are 164,612 numbered minor planets, and many more not yet numbered. Most asteroids are ordinary and not particularly noteworthy.
 and sunspots sunspots, dark, usually irregularly shaped spots on the sun's surface that are actually solar magnetic storms. The Chinese recorded dark features on the sun seen with the naked eye in 28 B.C. , quasars Proper naming of quasars are by Catalogue Entry, Qxxxx±yy using B1950 coordinates, or QSO Jxxxx±yyyy using J2000 coordinates.

This page lists quasars.
  • 3C 449
  • 3C 48
  • 3C 212
  • 3C 273
  • QSO J1819+3845
  • QSO 2237+0305
  • Q0957+561
  • QSO J0842+1835
  • 3C 9
, neutrino astronomy, and the expanding universe. The book features detailed notes, a 14-page bibliography, and meticulous indexing. This volume belongs on classroom science shelves and in public libraries to provide serious reference to satisfy the intellectually curious. Mary Ellen Snodgrass The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter.
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